Aerial shot of a river basin with many tributaries flowing through green savanna.


At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe.

USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans. We are particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2019) for more information.

Climate Projections

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Increased Drought Frequency

Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

Sea Level Rise

Key Climate Impact Areas




Human Health

Water Resources

Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)


$2 Million


$2 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

15.4 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Average GHG Emissions Growth due to Deforestation


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information


Climate Risk Profile: Zimbabwe


Climate Risks in Food for Peace Geographies: Zimbabwe


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa

Zimbabwe Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

By combining satellite imagery with data from ground-based weather stations, scientists can more effectively monitor and predict weather patterns.
Six men standing around a weather station that was 3D printed
The most visited blogs in 2023 offer technical guidance for practitioners, share successful interventions from countries where USAID works, and more.
The Matobo Hills is part of the upper Umzigwane in Zimbabwe, which is a key high-altitude catchment area in the Limpopo river basin. High altitude catchment areas are the main sources of water for a river basin, producing 100 times more water than lower lying areas, and also major storehouses of biodiversity.
A man stands on a rockface with others sitting on the rocks around him.